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Neemrana – An upcoming hub of Japanese industry

Neemrana has now a days a visible hustle and bustle of Japanese entrepreneurs who have made this region more or less a hub of Japanese industries.

Gopendra Nath Bhatt

July 21, 2011

Situated on Delhi-Jaipur National –Highway 8, Neemrana, which is famous the world over for Neemrana Fort and artistic step wells (Baoris) like Abhaneri and attracts tourists spontaneously, has now a days a visible hustle and bustle of Japanese entrepreneurs. The industries being set up here by Japanese entrepreneurs have made this region more or less a hub of Japanese industries.


Rajasthan government, through Rajasthan Industrial Cooperation (RIICO),  has developed industrial zones in various stages  in Neemrana in Alwar district in the past several years. Apart from the usual industrial areas, the Export Promotion Industrial Park (EPIP) and the Japanese Zone in Majarkanth is particularly noteworthy. Many eminent companies from India and abroad have set up their units in these industrial areas and many more new industries are arriving which is not only adding a new dimension to the industrial progress of Rajasthan but also creating new employment opportunities.


In this Japanese zone, spread over around 1200 acres, Japanese companies have set up units in around 70 percent of the area.  Rest 30 percent part is expected to be filled up within the next 3-4 months.


At present, Japanese entrepreneurs have set up 28 industrial units, among which, the unit set up by the Number one air-conditioner manufacturer in the world, Daikin Air-Condition deserves a special mention. The Neemrana unit of Daikin is the company’s first unit in India and it is investing around Rs 600 crores.


Similarly, Nissin Brake India Private Ltd has set up its unit here by investing Rs 240 crores. Similarly, Rs 400 crores by Mitsubishi Chemical Private Ltd, Rs 160 crores by Unicharm Hygenic Private Ltd, Rs 120 croes by ACI Mitshui Prime Advanced Composites Private Ltd, 155 crores by auto-parts company Mikuni India Private Ltd and 100 crores by NYK Logistics India Ltd can be counted among the chief investment initiatives which is making Neemrana a hub of Japanese industries.


Apart from these, a unit of the world’s largest steel making company – Nippon Steel – is also under construction in Neemrana where more than Rs 300 crores is expected to be invested. This steel company has 150 unites across the world.  Many more big companies, including the likes of Hero-Honda is going to set up its units here. M/s Nipon Pipe Indiua Pvt Ltd has set up its unit by investing Rs 124 crores.


Neemrana is situated right in the middle of Delhi and Jaipur on the National Highway 8. It is only 122 kms away from Delhi and its distance from Indira Gandhi International Airport is just 100 kms.  Neemrana has a bright future because apart from being in the proximity to National Capital Region (NCR), it is also a part of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) and the Delhi-Mumbai freight corridor. In the near future, this area, apart from becoming the biggest auto hub in the country, will also be the closest centre toDelhi which the largest automobile market in the country.    


The Senior Regional Manager of RIICO, Shri R C Jain says that the important industrial area of Rajasthan - Bhiwadi, which is at the confluence of Delhi-Haryana and Rajasthan is being connected to the Railway network via the Delhi-Mumbai freight corridor. Neemrana will get maximum benefits from it. Under the National Highway (NH)-8 project, the Delhi-Jaipur highway is being converted into a six lane road. Construction of a Super Express highway, parallel to this six-lane expressway is also being planned which will pass through Neemrana.  


The Plan for Cargo Airport –


A plan to construct a cargo airport near Neemrana is also under consideration. This airport is proposed to be constructed in the middle of Ajarka and Kotkasing. This will facilitate the cargo transportation of the finished products of the industries situated in Neemrana, Shahjahanpur, Bhiwadi and Bahrod and they will get transported to their destinations and markets in the least possible time.  To connect this cargo airport to Neemrana, a six-lane dedicated road, which would be just 50 km in length, is also proposed to be constructed.


Neemrana, Shahjahanpur and Bahrod are also proposed to be included as three sub-metropolitan cities in the National Capital Region. Under the DMRC investment region, it is planned to include Neemrana and Khushkheda in the first stage and develop an industrial township on the lines of Noida, Gurgaon and Faridabad. In future, this will lead to an all-round development of the region.


Shri Rajendra Pareek, the Minister of Industries for the state of Rajasthan, who considers Neemrana as the future industrial destination, says that no praise is enough for the indomitable courage of Japanese entrepreneurs who have continued to show a great inclination to invest in Rajasthan despite the recent massive earthquakes in Japan. He says that the industrialists are getting impressed with the outlook of Shri Ashok Gehlot, the energetic Chief Minister of Rajasthan, towards development of infrastructure facilities in the state and his liberal approach towards foreign as well as domestic investors and hence setting up units in the states. It is due to this that companies like Hero Honda, Maruti and Saint-Gobain are setting up its bases in the state.


The Chairman of RIICO and Principal Secretary, Industries, Shri Sunil Arora and the Managing Director of RIICO, Shri  Rajendra  Bhanawat expect the region between Bhiwadi and Shahjahanpur and Neemrana and Bahror to turn into a big industrial hub of the country and also consider the proposed Delhi-Mumbai freight corridor, construction of big residential complexes, planning for sub-metropolitan cities in the National Capital Region, development of small and cottage industries to support big industrial units, setting up of educational institutions and hotels, commercial institutions,  and the possibility of more development of tourist places like Alwar, Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary, Neemrana Fort as important milestones in the all-round development of the state of Rajasthan.


Alwar, which is considered as the Gateway of Rajasthan, will soon be connected to Delhi via a high-speed train, running at 160 km/hr on the lines of bullet trains, which will surely benefit Neemrana and all nearby industrial areas.

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